I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life. Dr.Seuss

Sunday, March 27, 2011

IF: toy

Do you know these miniature figures made of tin? They are also called toy soldiers (I get a mixed feelings from this name especially if you see what is happening in many parts of world ......)
I do not know if it is still so popular in the world of collecting but in the past it was definitely extremely popular collector item. (however, not by me)

But I have got one, years ago. Just to keep to remember times gone.
There is also a story by Hans Christian Andersen: The Steadfast Tin Soldier. The story ends dramatically - the two protagonists are consumed together by fire, leaving nothing but tin melted "in shape of a little heart."

So, this was my inspiration for the IF topic of this week.


  1. This is lovely- wonderful detail

    i like the story too

  2. Thank you, Amanda and Sandy Sue for your comments!

  3. Great work! Love the colors and tone. Amazing detail. Love your story as well... touching. God bless.

  4. Heisann!

    Thank you for sharing a good story and a wonderful illustration.
    I will look for a wooden horse here i Bratislavia.
    Have already passed some shops selling carved miniatures and toys ... and Easter decorating.
    Have a nice week ;:OD)

  5. Impressive picture! Good story, too. Thanks for reminding us about the absurdity/awfulness of soldiers as toys. You are so right.

  6. Hey what a great image. :) Lots of dynamics, I have no idea what the bottom part is (flames of tin? but its very evocative,

    Toy soldiers. Yes it is maybe an oxymoron if it wasn't so true, the real soldiers also being toys of others in most cases

    yet that is just us 'human's'

    give us a spear and we want a rifle, give us a rifle and we want...

  7. I don't feel bad about not reading about Sir Reg, don't blame you !

  8. Thank you, dear readers. I really appreciate all your comments!

    @Vilt og vakkert: thank you! I wish you good time in Bratislava. I hope you will find nice wooden horses as well! And Eastern decorations .. I have got few hand painted eggs - traditional stuff. Beautiful.

    @LiquidBrick: I am afraid my message will not reach the ears of the involved human beings....

  9. @Mr. Finnie: Well, you made a good point when you mentioned "great image". It suggests you have very well-developed taste and extensive knowledge of art. :D

    But you are right :give us a rifle and we want...

    I am really happy you forgive me I did not read Sir Reg story.Thanks! Next time better !

  10. i remember this old story too, i read it when i was young, so much younger than today and didnt understand whats the point of this story,
    "The next morning, when the cook took the ashes out of the stove, she found him in the shape of a little tin heart. But of the little dancer nothing remained but the tinsel rose, which was burnt black as a cinder."

    anyway, my mams had one tin soldier (she loved it) but i dont know where it is now, i used to play it as a toy...

    I wish my mams could see this illustration of yours, she'd love it and i believe she'd ask: mita, wheres my tin soldier, did you lose it? i told you not to play with it!

    Thanks for sharing, Sir!

  11. @dont judge people by their avatar: what a touching story! Coincidentally I got this one from my mother-in-law !